“A must-read for anyone paddling all or part of the Inside Passage. It is funny, perceptive, and thoughtful, as well as clearly based on rich experience and adventure.”

— John Dowd, author of Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring.

“The Inside Passage is an extraordinary route for kayakers. I've traveled it twice, and there are places I missed that I wished I'd visited, and places I stumbled into that I wish I'd avoided. The third time could be the charm, but to be on the safe side I'd pack Kayaking the Inside Passage in a dry bag.” — Christopher Cunningham, Editor, Sea Kayaker magazine

So you’re thinking of kayaking the Inside Passage?

Every outdoor pursuit has a test-piece, a compelling must-do classic in the genre, difficult enough to inspire and aspire to, yet still accessible to a large proportion of participants: climbing the Nose on El Capitan, mountain biking the Continental Divide, kayaking the Grand Canyon, or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Paddling the Inside Passage is sea kayaking’s Holy Grail.

There is only one, comprehensive guidebook to through-paddling the Inside Passage:

Kayaking the Inside Passage: A Paddler’s Guide from Olympia, Washington to Muir Glacier, Alaska by Robert H. Miller, 2018, Countryman Press, 468 pages. $28.95 , S&H included.

+ Buy the Book

First published in 2005, the new revised & updated 2018 edition now includes:

 + Corrections & updates to the 2005 edition
 + Many new, additional campsites.
 + Four new alternate routes:
   1. Cape Fanshaw to Juneau along the mainland coast
   2. Juneau to Skagway
   3. West Arm of Glacier Bay
   4. Hood Canal
 + Expanded Natural History sections on kelp, eagles, mustelids and salmon
 + Revised maps & additional photographs
 + Expanded bibliography & resources

Just mail a check or money order for 28.95 with your request to:

Robert H. Miller
1740 Oregon Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86305

Or, email me. Don’t forget to include your mailing address.


Close up photo of a compass and a slug

Unfortunately, all guidebooks require periodic updates and revisions—mistakes need correction; new routes need to be added; campsites appear and disappear; roads and settlements get built (mostly) or vanish (rarely); land managers add rules and restrictions; new knowledge and perspectives change old ways of thinking and doing things; the author needs money; readers clamor to add their two-cents worth.

This website is the source for periodic updates to the 2nd edition and the most up-to-date feedback from Inside Passage paddlers. There are two types of updated information available—the Current Updates (new alternate routes) for $16 (S&H included) and the I.P. News Forum (free).

The I.P. News Forum provides a bulletin board for the sea kayaking community to post opinions, information, observations, etc relevant to Inside Passage paddlers of all levels. To post content just submit your comment via email to roberthowardmiller@gmail.com for consideration and inclusion.

Coming soon: A current updates route guide addition and map to circum-navigating Revillagigedo Island through Behm Canal. Stay tuned. The loose-leaf addition will be available for $16.

Other Books by Robert H. Miller

Closing the Circle: A Memoir of Cuba, Exile, the Bay of Pigs and a Trans-Island Bike Journey

Closing the Circle: A Memoir of Cuba, Exile, the Bay of Pigs and a Trans-Island Bike Journey, 2017, Cognitio Book & Apps, 468 pages $24.25, S&H included.

Teatro Nacional

“Indispensable for anyone attempting to understand the personal consequences of the Cuban civil war unleashed by the Batista and Castro revolutions. A memoir that is poignant, funny and arresting—both in its subject matter and in its ability to grab the reader and not let go. An epic.” — Lya Fitzgerald, Directora Nacional de Trabajo under Venezuelan President Luis Herrera Campins.

Part I of Closing the Circle is the author's immediate family's saga: His grandfather was a big-projects contractor who helped build Cuba's trans-island highway; the capitol building in Havana, the National Theater and the federal prison on the Isle of Youth where both Castro and his two cousins, grunts in the Bay of Pigs invasion, did time eight years apart—in the same cell. His grandmother emigrated from the Canary Islands. His father, founding CFO of AIG, introduced VW to Cuba. His mom sparred with Hemingway. They lived next door to the mayor of Havana, a big power broker before the Batista coup of 1952. They went into exile in 1960.

Part II is the author's extended family's saga: It focuses on the Bay of Pigs from the perspective of his 2 cousins, and their subsequent 20 month stint in Cuban prisons, followed by their adventures and misadventures during the Kennedy administration’s infiltration operations after their repatriation by JFK. One cousin was personally interrogated by Che Guevara after his capture at Playa Girón.

Part III is a travelogue of a trans-island bike ride along the road the author's grandfather built, where he returns and connects with his family’s memories. Their route included a detour to the Bay of Pigs where he was able to physically connect with his cousins’ battleground at Playa Larga. The bike ride took place in 2016 when the author led an educational reconnaissance group to Cuba. They stayed at a distant relative’s home. The bike group included a variety of political perspectives, which made for lively discussions between themselves and with Cubans.


“Closing the Circle flows smoothly from beginning to end brightly shining new light on key events of the Cuban drama.” — Luis R. Luis, Editor, chief economist at the Organization of American States (OAS); director at The Institute of International Finance; and Assistant Professor of Economics at the US Naval Academy.

“Robert Miller’s Closing the Circle engages us with charm, intimacy, and suspense by means of first-hand stories out of the trenches, prisons, and mansions—out of the soul of Cuba. It is infused with primal passion, elegant sophistication and reveals the tectonic cultural shifts the island has undergone, all woven into a seamless tapestry. It’s hard to put this book down!” — Jorge Urioste, professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“Robert Miller provides an engaging and memorable account of Cuba’s modern history and culture; the best I have seen. Miller knows Cuba inside and out…top to bottom. Through vivid anecdotes, seamless narrative, and sharp analysis, he shows the true nature of the nation’s crisis and transformation in the mid-twentieth century. A work of unique insight and value.” —Stephen Cox, Professor at University of California San Diego, Editor & Publisher of Liberty magazine.

To buy an autographed copy of Closing the Circle just mail a check or money order for $24 with your request to:

Robert H. Miller
1740 Oregon Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86305

Or, email me. Don’t forget to include your mailing address.

Even More Books

Mae West Was Right: Mountain Biking the Hidden Contours of the World

Mae West Was Right: Mountain Biking the Hidden Contours of the World, 2022, Cognitio Book & Apps, 713 pages $30, S&H included.

Mae West Was Right: Mountain Biking the Hidden Contours of the World is a guidebook/travelogue/memoir of thirty-one exceptional mountain bike rides (mostly) on every continent (bar Antarctica) in the world, entirely across or around the perimeter of the chosen countries or regions, for maximum immersion in the countries’ (or region’s) cultures, environment and people.

In the best tradition of travel writing, it explores the routes and countries through their history, art, customs and politics in the liveliest fashion possible: a high bar—certainly—from the slow perspective of a bicycle, but perfect for the armchair or clip-to-the-pedal adventurer.

But the book also serves as a guide for each trip, with a Nuts & Bolts section that includes lists of maps, guides, seasons, lodging & eats, special concerns—if any—and, following each account, suggested reading (or movies) to enhance the experience.

Mr Quarter-to-Two: Life and Death with Mother Nature’s Misfits

Mr Quarter-to-Two: Life and Death with Mother Nature’s Misfits, Robert H. Miller and Rusty Baillie, 2020, Cognitio Book & Apps, 292 pages $24, S&H included.

Mr Quarter-to-Two: Life and Death with Mother Nature’s Misfits explores, through character sketches, the eccentric personalities of several unique individuals that indulge in a variety of extreme pursuits—mostly outdoor adventure sports such as rock climbing, mountaineering and over-the-edge whitewater boating. In a striking parallel the book also traces a similarity between traditional adventuring and a young man’s fascination with eco-terrorism. The focus is not just what was accomplished by these individuals, but what drove them to "put it on the line” and step out of the normal routine of life.

The book’s underlying theme is ultimate human values. Adventurers play with the fine line between Life and Death. In making the choices that define this line, they call upon intensely personal aesthetic values that are then given the ultimate testing. Both authors were protagonists in their stories and while it may seem that their extreme experiences isolate them, their sharing here has the flavor of universal humanistic values.

The essays are not all philosophical navel-gazing; on the contrary, they are laced with humor, pathos, drama, old-fashioned, compelling story-telling and unimaginable adventure, fully illustrated with 70 photographs. Though technically an anthology, the essays cohere to a larger whole—a story of how we can step outside ourselves and find a fascinating, transcendent, world.

About the Author

Author, Robert H. Miller Robert H. Miller has been kayaking and climbing for over 50 years and has published articles and photos in numerous outdoor publications, including Rock & Ice, Canoe & Kayak, and Paddler and has taught for Outward Bound, Challenge/Discovery, Prescott College & Yavapai College. He now lives in Prescott, Arizona. You can contact Robert via email.